Follow TV Tropes


Recap / Bobs Burger S 3 E 3 Bob Fires The Kids

Go To

Determined to give them a better childhood than he had, Bob "fires" the kids. Who end up working on a pot farm, while Mickey takes their place.


  • Chekhov's Gunman: One of the hippie couple's customers for their "blueberry" business is actually an undercover cop who sics the DEA on them after tailing the Belchers to their farm.
  • Children Are Innocent: The kids never find out they're working on a pot farm, even after the police arrive.
  • Advertisement:
  • Companion Cube: Bob's "toys" he had were his friend Mr. Brilly (a scouring pad), his WWII fighter plane (a rusty spatula) and Mr. Doglovich (a dog-shaped soap). Fixing Mr. Doglovich and reminiscing his childhood causes Bob to realize he had a bad childhood and said toys were terrible.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: It’s mentioned that someone bought the restaurant of Bob’s father, who later appeared and was still running his diner. In addition, “Big Bob” is voiced by Jon Benjamin instead of Bill Hader.
  • Epic Fail: When the kids attempt to have "Summer fun," it ends miserably for all three of them.
  • Heroic BSoD When fixing one of his "toys", Bob thinks back to when he was a kid. His father was always demanding he get back to work as Bob plays with said "toys" while other kids were having fun with friends and real toys. Bob realizes he had a bad childhood and gets depressed.
  • Advertisement:
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Bob realizes giving kids the childhood he never had wasn't working because he didn't raise them like his father raised him. Big Bob was strict and critical, not to mention kept Bob from making friends or leaving the restaurant. Bob is a more laid back parent who does value his kids and their happiness. At the same time, Bob was young and completely cut off from anyone to the point of having no friends and working non-stop with no fun, his kids are goofballs who have more freedom than him.
  • Nap-Inducing Speak: Not even 10 seconds pass, but Bob talking about how he realizes how unpleasant his childhood was puts Linda to sleep.
  • Off on a Technicality: Turns out the guy who prosecuted Mickey was on meth the entire trial. Hence Mickey becoming a free man.
  • The Stoner: Turns out quite a few townsfolk enjoy those "blueberries". Including Marshmallow and Mr. Fischoeder.
  • Advertisement:
  • Terrible Interviewees Montage: Inverted. Bob interviews a few candidates after firing the kids, but they all walk out on how pathetic his job offer is.

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: